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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

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December 2017

From Convent to Museum: The Renovation Story

December 5, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose members are commonly known as the Sisters of Loretto, is a Roman Catholic congregation founded in France in 1609. In 1847, the Loretto Sisters arrived in Canada and by 1856 they had established a convent in Guelph, located on “Catholic Hill” near to the Church of Our Lady Immaculate (built between 1875 and 1883, designated as a basilica in 2014). The Loretto Sisters opened the first Catholic school in the county…

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January 2018

Needle Art Expressions: Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, Guelph

January 16 - April 29
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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In 1976, a local group of Anglican women with an interest in making liturgical embroidery established ‘The St. James Embroiderers.’ They soon realized that the group needed more structure and to include other forms of needle work. In spring of 1977, with advice from the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, London (a textile arts group), the first executive of the Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, Guelph (CEGG) was established. The CEGG’s vision was to build on the heritage of embroidery through excellence and creativity…

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February 2018

Toys and Games

February 6 @ 10:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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March 2018

Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World

March 10 - June 10
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Photograph of green leaf with caterpillar trails

A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums. Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM   Photography provides new ways of seeing and understanding our local environment. Today’s technological, urbanized culture meets the natural world in this exhibition of digital photographs created by Guelph youth through Focus on Nature, a local organization that connects kids to nature through photography. The exhibition includes photographic artifacts from the Guelph Museums’ collection and from private collections. These historical objects combined with the…

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I STAND #InUnity

March 10 @ 10:00 am - April 22 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Opening reception: Friday, March 23, 6:30 PM Of an estimated 4,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in Canada, only 1,200 are recognized by the RCMP. On October 19, 2017 hundreds of people from Guelph gathered to demonstrate against this disparity and to demand a healthier shared future. Together they formed a human medicine wheel, in the colours of the four directions, to communicate that MMIW is a national issue, not just an Indigenous issue. Through words and pictures, this…

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April 2018

Doors Open After Dark

April 21 @ 9:00 pm - April 22 @ 1:00 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

After a day exploring Guelph's finest buildings, creative spaces, and historically and architecturally significant sites on the Doors Open tour presented by Guelph Arts Council, save some energy for the after party at Guelph Civic Museum.  Celebrate Guelph’s 191st birthday with pop-up art and history installations at and around the museum. This free event, coinciding with Doors Open Guelph, is aimed at creating opportunities to connect, explore and engage the community with history in unique ways. What to see Community…

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Guelph Pride 2018: Celebrating 15 Years

April 27 @ 10:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Wall of Art: Guelph Pride 2018

April 27 @ 10:00 am - July 29 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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The Guelph Museums and the Guelph Arts Council are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from the LGBT2Q+ Community. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience. Artists are invited to explore the theme of Pride movement. The exhibition will launch Guelph Pride 2018: 15 Days Celebrating 15…

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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On this PD Day, try your hand at knitting, crocheting and other needlework skills. Canadian Embroiderers' Guild Guelph will be leading finger knitting and corking from 1 to 3 PM

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Fourth Friday: The Lifers

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Lifers! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Join us in celebration of exhibitions, Guelph Pride 2018: 15 Days Celebrating 15 Years on Friday, and Wall of Art. Opening remarks at 6:30 p.m. and performance by The Lifers at 7 p.m. The Lifers, led by sisters Liv and Anita Cazzola, are an art-folk/rock collective from Guelph, Ontario. Their…

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May 2018

Stories from the Hill – Donna McCaw

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests at Guelph Civic Museum. May 2                 Donna McCaw   About Guelph Guild of Storytellers: Website: guelphstorytellers.wordpress.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/guelphstories/

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Tiny Tots: Museum Month

May 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Museum Month!  

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Mother’s Day Tea

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on May 13, 2018 at 3:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$15

Treat mom to an afternoon of tea, and treats at the Civic Museum. Relax and enjoy fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas. There will be two seatings: 1 and 3PM. Tickets in advance at guelphmuseums.ca

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Fourth Friday: Storyteller Brad Woods and the Great Wooden Trio

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Free

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Storyteller Brad Woods and the Great Wooden Trio! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including Focusing on Nature, and Wall of Art: Guelph Pride 2018  

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